Lewis, Gail A.
In the absence of truth at least not the lie: journeys toward self, other and relatedness.
Psychology of Women Section Review, 14(1) .
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One paradoxical effect of feminist, critical race and poststructuralist challenges to the 'truths' of race and gender was to afford a redefined politics of presence for those who were often little more than stereotyped cardboard cut-outs constituted through the norms of racalised-gendered intelligibility. The contestation and destablisation of the truths of these norms enabled the emergence of 'fleshy' subjects and new forms of knowledge through which to constitute new selves who were concerned with crafting new forms of intersubjective relatedness. Yet this was often, in another paradoxical move, at the expense of the acceptance of the legitimacy of psychic and emotional 'truths' grounded in individual and collective experience of the dynamics of race and gender. In this paper I attempt to trace how concepts and approaches taken from post-Kleinian psychoanalytic theory offer a way to afford knowledges grounded in the experiential due epistemological weight and contribute to a nuanced delineation of the grounds of relationality through and upon which ever evolving but in some sense ‘integrated’ selves meet and interact with others.
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